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  • New jobless claims drop for first time in 4 weeks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New requests for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, the first decline in a month and a hopeful sign after a raft of negative economic reports.

    New claims for jobless aid dropped by 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 473,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Still, claims remain much higher than they would be in a healthy economy. Employers are reluctant to hire as economic growth appears to be slowing.

  • WSI seeks lab security contract

    One of the world’s biggest security firms has entered into the race for the highly sought after contract at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Wackenhut Services Inc. confirmed it has responded to the lab’s request for proposals.

    “We submitted a proposal and would be honored to be selected,” said Susan Pitcher, WSI spokeswoman.

    She declined to provide details until a contract has been awarded.

    Read the full story in today's Monitor.

  • New coach, new season

    For the first time in two decades, there will be a new man at the top of Los Alamos Hilltopper football.

    Garett Williams, the new head coach of the Hilltopper program, makes his debut Friday night when his team takes on the Pojoaque Elks.

    Game time Friday is set for 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field.

  • Los Alamos stores escape egg recall

    New Mexico has so far avoided the largest egg recall in American history.

    There have been more than 2,500 reports of illness related to salmonella poisoning and in the last week alone, nearly half a billion eggs have been recalled.

    That’s about two eggs for every person in the country, or nearly $60 million dollars worth.

    The egg contamination plagues 17 states throughout the nation, but Smith’s Food and Drug Centers are not affected, said corporate spokesperson Marsha Gilford.

    Smith’s has stores in Los Alamos and White Rock.

  • Don't miss this week's Police Beat

    To see a rundown of complaints and arrests over the past week, click here.

  • Glimmers of hope for recovery fade as July new home sales fall to slowest pace on record

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes dropped sharply last month to the slowest pace on record, the latest sign that the economic recovery is fading.

    The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new home sales fell 12.4 percent in July from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 276,600. That was the slowest pace on records dating back to 1963. The past three months have been the worst on record for new home sales.

  • Durable goods orders post an anemic 0.3 percent gain in July

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies cut back on their investments in equipment and machines last month as the economic recovery lost momentum.

    Overall orders for big-ticket manufactured goods increased 0.3 percent in July, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. But that was only because of a 76 percent jump in demand for commercial aircraft.

  • National Monument unveils new vistor center

    BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, N.M. (AP) — The canyons and cliff dwellings of Bandelier National Monument are telling a new story and this time it's through the voices and artwork of the American Indian tribes whose ancestors first inhabited this sliver of northern New Mexico.

    The monument in a daylong celebration Wednesday is unveiling its $4 million renovated visitors center and museum with help from pueblo dancers and artists.

    The unveiling comes after nearly a decade of careful consultation with neighboring pueblos and a year of construction.

  • Council puts hold on rate hike

    County Council Tuesday night tabled a decision on whether to raise Los Alamos County’s electric rates by 10 percent.

    In a split vote, council passed a motion to put a hold on the issue for no more than 30 days to research possible  options, permitted by the state, to help the Los Alamos Public Schools with the rate increase and to discuss whether the electric rates proposal follows the county charter.

  • Espaola uranium no threat to LA

    The drinking water in Los Alamos registers low levels of uranium despite recent state action against public water wells in neighboring Espanola.

    “There’s no public health threat from the levels of uranium in the drinking water wells for the public drinking water system in Los Alamos – the levels are in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act,” said Mike Huber, compliance operations manager for the Drinking Water Bureau at the New Mexico Environment Department.